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Full of errors.
, 2 Aug. 2013
This review is from: The Battle for Scotland (Kindle Edition)
Andrew, I like you on the telly, and I'm glad to see you are recovering.
I just bought your book on Scotland (the kindle version). I've got through the first chapter and sorry to say but you've got a few howlers in there (hope they're not in the print edition or you'll be pulping them I think).
The factual ones first:
Are Scots Different:
"..between 1979, when around 2.3 million Scots (51 % of the total voting) said yes to a Scottish parliament and 1997... when around 2.77 million Scots (around 73 % voted for a new parliament..."
Incorrect. The 2.3 m and the 2.77m were the total turnout numbers, NOT the numbers voting yes.
".. waving the sole tyre...." Took me a while to realise it's supposed to read Saltire... bit embarrassing eh ?
"Scotland has a larger proportion of her economy in the public sector... "
Actually Scottish public expenditure as a % of GDP is 42.7%, for the UK its 45.5% (GERS 2011-12). But why let the facts get in the way of a good stereotype?
"Labour only really rose to dominance in the 1960's when the Conservative unionists took the brunt of Scottish hostility to Margaret Thatcher"
Rewriting history. No-one outside of Grantham had heard of Mrs T in the 1960's.
And now one which I think displays a (perhaps subconscious) trace of bias:
So What's this really all about:
"His (Alex Salmond's) government said that if Scotland's geographical share of oil and gas was included Scottish GDP per head would be 118% of the UK average"
AS says it because it's a fact (GERS 2011-12). Why do you need to preface it by saying `his government says" as if it's only an opinion?
And then you goes on to say :
"...with 8.4% of the UK population, Scotland takes 9.3% of public spending.."
This is of course true, but it's also true that Scotland generates 9.9% of UK taxes which you fail to mention.
And you present this fact as a fact. In the interests of `balance' maybe you should have said something like
" ... Alistair Darling's No campaign says that with 8.4% of the UK population Scotland takes 9.3% of public spending... "
but of course that would be ridiculous wouldn't it ?
But I can put your mind at rest on one key point, you won't have to choose between a Scottish and a rUK passport.
Scotland will adopt a model similar to the Irish one with regards to citizenship (i.e. those born in Scotland or the children of those born in Scotland will be able to enjoy Scottish citizenship). Dual citizenship will also be no problem for the Scottish Government, and it would be surprising if the rUK government decided Scotland was the only country in the world that it wouldn't allow dual citizenship with. (Current UK law is that: "A British citizen who acquires citizenship of another country is not required under UK law to renounce British nationality".)
So you will be able to have 2 passports if you so choose (in the same way that many people currently carry both Irish and British passports).
I can't decide whether to struggle on with this read, as I don't have the time to highlight any more errors I may find.
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